People’s Garden Grant Program, Deadline August 26

The National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) announces the availability of grant funds and requests applications for the People’s Garden Grant Program (PGGP) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to facilitate the creation of produce, recreation, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for science-based informal education. This program is a joint initiative supported by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Nutritional Service, Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, in addition to NIFA. Successful applicants will provide micro-subgrant support to smaller local projects. This notice identifies the objectives for PGGP projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for a PGGP grant. NIFA additionally requests stakeholder input from any interested party for use in the development of the next RFA for this program. In addition, in order to answer questions that you may have concerning this RFA and the pending project, NIFA will host a teleconference on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). For those unable to participate in the call, NIFA will post a summary of the questions and the information provided to our website, To participate in the teleconference, please call toll-free (888) 858-2144; the access code is 1059897.

Estimated Total Program Funding:    $725,000
Award Ceiling:    $150,000
Award Floor:
CFDA Number(s):    10.500  —  Cooperative Extension Service
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    Yes

  Eligible Applicants

  •     Independent school districts
  •     Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  •     Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  •     Private institutions of higher education
  •     Individuals
  •     For profit organizations other than small businesses
  •     Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research or education institutions and organizations, Federal and private agencies and organizations, non-profit organizations, individuals, and any other contractor or recipient. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the implementation of the project. An applicant’s failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of an application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

People’s Garden Grant Program, Deadline August 26

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